Archive for February, 2011
Utah House of Representatives, Republican, Ogden
I met Representative Froerer at the State Capitol during a very busy one-day interim session in November. He ushered me into his office in the West Office Building through a throng of demonstrators and graciously spoke to me between important appointments.
Rep. Froerer has agreed to carry our Utah Common Interest Ownership Act (UCIOA) through the Utah House of Representatives during the 2011 session. The Utah CAI Legislative Action Committee has worked successfully with him in the past on a bill that limited absentee owners in condominiums.
Gage was born in 1952 and grew up in Weber County. He obtained a BS in Finance from Utah State University and his MBA from the University of Utah. He lives in Huntsville with Gloria, his wife of 35 years. They have two Century 21 offices – one in Ogden and one in Eden. Gloria runs their property management division which includes a couple of small condominiums as well as commercial and multi- family residential. They enjoy skiing in the winter and golf in the summer, taking advantage of all the lovely Ogden Valley has to offer. They have three grown boys, ranging in age from 28 to 33, and enjoy three grandchildren.
Gage represents District 8 with a population of 30,000 to 35,000. He thinks that it contains 25-30 common interest communities with a population of 5,000 59 6,000. District 8 includes the Ogden Valley, City of Ogden and part of Harrisville. He serves a diversified constituency eager for gains in the economy, which includes education and jobs. His legislative interests are Business and Labor, Revenue and Taxation.
When I asked him what makes a good legislator, he cited the ability to listen and communicate back. He counts among his legislative highlights a bill that decreased the interest rate on past due property taxes and an incentive to pay taxes on time. He was disappointed that a Green Belt Tax Bill he sponsored did not pass. The bill would have lowered the size of parcels to allow for tax exemptions.
Rep. Froerer will be working with Rep. Webb to sponsor a couple of homeowner association bills in the upcoming session having to do with financial statement disclosures and registration of associations. Registering of associations is important so that title companies will know who to contact so they can obtain accurate information on assessments due when properties change owners. It is also important to know exactly how many associations there are in Utah and how many people live in them. The Utah CAI LAC looks forward to working with Representatives Froerer and Webb to include provisions in UCIOA that better serve associations.
The passage of UCIOA is important to him to that association governance is improved. He feels strongly that developers should be held to higher standards. We look forward to working with Representative Froerer.